SIX Expertise and Standardization Mandates

By adopting internationally used standards, all those who engage in Swiss payment transactions can make their processes and software solutions more efficient, meet regulatory requirements effectively and reliably as well as achieve better processing and data quality.

SIX works on behalf of the financial services industry and provides its expertise to various national and international standardization groups and committees.

Officials Mandates

The association represents the interests of the SWIFT Member and User Group in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein in dealings with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT SCRL) based in La Hulpe, Belgium. It ensures that the SWIFT National Member and User Group (SWIFT NMUG) exercises its responsibilities in accordance with Article 9 of the SWIFT By-laws.

The representation of interests in the area of international standardization (ISO) for ISO/TC 68 Financial Services is also carried out on the basis of the mandate agreement between the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) and the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA). SASFS delegates experts to the various committees of ISO/TC 68.

Representatives on the board:

  • Daniel Berger, Head Billing & Payments, SIX, as the head of PaCoS
  • Boris Brunner, Head Key Relations, SIX, as a representative of SIX BBS Ltd

Mandates on Behalf of NMUG

SWIFT: Payments – Standards Working Group
  • Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX
  • Roman Locher, Senior Standards Manager, SIX

ISO Mandates on Behalf of SASFS

Representing Switzerland on ISO/TC68/SC8

  • Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX

 

Transversale Kommission Standards Technology & Methodology

The committee deals with the technical and methodological fundamentals of standards and is specifically responsible for further development and maintenance of the ISO 20022 standard.

  • Head of the committee: Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX 
  • Member of the committee: Roman Locher, Senior Standards Manager, SIX

More about the committee

High Value Payments Plus (HVPS+)

  • Roman Locher, Senior Standards Manager, SIX

More about HVPS+

SWIFT CGI (Common Global Implementation)

  • Boris Gigon, Senior Standards Manager, SIX

More about SWIFT CGI

The EPC is an international not-for-profit organization comprising 77 members, all of which are payment service providers or payment service provider associations.

It maintains a constant dialog with other stakeholders and regulators at European level to support and promote the integration and development of European payments. The EPC is not part of the institutional framework of the European Union.

More about the EPC organization

SEMWG (Scheme Evolution and Maintenance Working Group)

  • Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX

SEMSTF (Scheme Evolution and Maintenance Standards Task Force)

  • Roman Locher, Senior Standards Manager, SIX

RTP TF (Request-to-Pay Task Force)

  • Daniel Berger, Head Billing & Payments, SIX 

STP MSG (Scheme Technical Player Multi-Stakeholder Group)

  • Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX

The objectives of EBICS SC are to maintain and further develop the standard according to the market requirements of participating countries and to extend the use of EBICS to other European countries. Further topics include the harmonization of transactions, electronic authentication and customer-to-bank communication standards.

Member on the board: Boris Brunner, Head Key Relations, SIX

EBICS Working Group

The EBICS WG is laying the groundwork for maintaining and further developing the standard. It comprises experts from Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland:
  • Head of the Swiss delegation: Corinne Bellwald, Standards Manager, SIX
  • Member of the Swiss delegation: Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX

Promotion and Communication Committee

  • Member: Corinne Bellwald, Standards Manager, SIX

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization consisting of 167 national standards organizations.

Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

The standards of ISO Technical Committee 68 Financial Services are authoritative for payment transactions and are currently an essential part of our services and local standards.

SIX experts are involved in various ISO groups. Coordination of the various commitments: Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX

Registration Management Group (RMG)

The RMG promotes the involvement of financial service actors and supports them in registering high-quality globally relevant ISO 20022-compliant use cases to facilitate the exchange of information for financial services, such as payments.

  • Vice convenor of RMG: Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX

RMG

Technical Support Group (TSG)

The ISO 20022 TSG consists of recognized experts focusing on the technical implementation of the ISO 20022 standard.
  • Conventor: Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX

TSG

Payments Standard Evaluation Group (Pay SEG)

The scope of the Payments SEG includes messages supporting transactions and business processes related to credit transfers, direct debits, cheques and account reporting.
  • Martin Walder, Head Billing & Payments Standards, SIX
  • Roman Locher, Senior Standards Manager, SIX

Pay SEG

National Adherence Support Organisation

National Adherence Support Organizations (NASOs) get involved in the application process for the SEPA scheme managed by the EPC to enable financial institutions to participate effectively and efficiently.

SIX Interbank Clearing Ltd is the NASO for Switzerland and Liechtenstein. In this role, SIX establishes a connection between applicants and the EPC and acts as a first point of contact for applicants in SEPA matters. We offer applicants the possibility to better understand the approval process by allowing them to liaise with a familiar organization in a local environment, using local language and following local customs.